After resigning Anderson Varejao to a ridiculously large contract and signing guard, Anthony Parker in free agency, the Cavs still have some work left to do. Early reports are saying that the Cavaliers are showing interest in free agent forward, Matt Barnes. The Cavaliers are wanting to sign a good combo forward, one who can play defense and shoot the ball. The Cavs are also looking into signing Linas Kleiza or resigning Wally Szczerbiak.
I don’t think the Cavaliers can lose here. All three of these guys can bring something to the team, 3 point ability. Barnes, Kleiza, and Wally have all become a household name thanks to their 3 point shooting. However, Barnes and Kleiza are known to play defense a bit better than Szczerbiak.
Barnes is a more athletic player compared to Kleiza and Wally. He can be used as a point forward coming down the court and has pretty good handles. He loves to drive the line but can sometimes get carried away. He doesn’t possess the strength or muscle to play in the post and he’s most effective as a spot-up shooter.
Kleiza is more of a strong, physical player who can play either forward position. Like Barnes, Kleiza loves to drive the ball to the rim. However, Kleiza is a better finisher at the basket. When he’s not taking it to the rim, Kleiza can fall in love with his outside jumper. Although it’s not as consistent (but still consistent) as Barnes’, Kleiza can still make it rain.
Szczerbiak, like the two others, is best known for his deadly accuracy from beyond the arc. His quick release and pin point accuracy makes him a feared spot up shooter. When Wally isn’t knockin’ them down from long range, he’s trying to take advantage of smaller guards by using his strength to play in the post. However, Szczerbiak is quite deceptible when he puts the ball on the floor which causes defenders to play him tight and try to take away his jump shot. Defensively, Wally lacks lateral quickness which allows quicker players in one-on-one situations to easily blow by him.